VVIP Chopper deal : ED fiels fresh chargesheet;names Michel James


New Delhi : ED has filed a fresh chargesheet, delving specifically into the role of British national and alleged middleman Christian Michel James and his few Indian associates, in connection with its money laundering probe in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal.

The over 1,300 page prosecution complaint (ED’s equivalent for charge sheet) has been placed before a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in New Delhi early this week and it has said that agency’s investigation into the case has found that Michel received Euro 30 million (about Rs 225 crore) from Ms AgustaWestland which was nothing but “kickbacks” paid by the firm to execute the 12 helicopter deal in favour of the firm in “guise of” of genuine transactions for performing multiple work contracts in the country.

The court is expected to soon take cognisance of the supplementary charge sheet, agency sources said.

Michel is one of the three middlemen being probed in the case, apart from Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI and both the agencies have also notified an Interpol Red Corner Notice (RCN) or the global arrest warrant against him after court issued a non-bailable warrant against him.